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General News of Thursday, 6 April 2017


BNI advises Presidency to withdraw George Oduro’s nomination

Joe Osei-Owusu, Chairman of Parliament’s Appointment Committee

The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) in a document sighted by has advised the president to withdraw the nomination of George Kwame Oduro as Deputy Minister-designate for Agriculture.

It a letter dated March 23, 2017; it indicates that the nominee was mentioned as a principal suspect in a cocaine syndicate on May 17, 2008 while traveling on a Canadian passport number LJ557784.

According to the report, he traveled on Royal Air Maroc and arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on the stated date.

It further states that he is an accomplice of one Nelson Troy Edward, a Ghanaian arrested in Geneva on July 13, 2007 for possessing 3014 grams of cocaine.

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu wants the name of George Oduro, who has been vetted today Thursday, April 6, 2017, removed from the list of nominees.

On the Floor of Parliament, he said “in respect of the nominees I am compelled to request that the president should consider withdrawing the nomination of one of the appointees named George Oduro because there is a damning BNI report on him.”

But when George Oduro appeared before the Appointment Committee of Parliament said it is mistaken identity.

He explained that, the letter served on him by the BNI had the name George Kwabena Oduro which is completely a different person.

George Oduro dared the Minority to provide the report by the BNI indicting him.